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Law Firm Owner Arrested in Prostitution Sting

By Law Tribune Staff |

The head of a small criminal defense and personal injury law firm was among six people arrested Nov. 14 in an undercover prostitution sting in Southington.

Skakel Settles Defamation Case Against Oft-Sued TV Host

By Isaac Avilucea |

There was a time when criminal justice talk show host Nancy Grace was almost "suit-proof," legal experts said. But that's no longer the case, as more targets of the former Georgia prosecutor are coming forward to challenge Grace's on-air accusations.

Conn. Judge Passes Away, Spent 20 Years as Cold War Prisoner

By Jay Stapleton |

Judge John Downey got a late start on his legal career, with good reason. As a CIA agent, he had been held for 20 years in a Chinese prison. On Monday, state officials recalled both Downey's legal career and his service to his country on learning of his death at 84.

Conn. Supreme Court HIPAA Decision Likely to Spawn More Litigation

By Jay Stapleton |

In a first-of-its-kind decision in the state, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that patients can bring negligence lawsuits against health care providers that violate federal privacy regulations.

Bingham Disappears From Conn. As International Firm Swoops In

By Jay Stapleton |

Nearly all of the Hartford office of Bingham McCutchen will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of the month, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.

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Mark Dubois: Aging Attorneys Taking Toll on Legal Profession

By Mark Dubois |

Much of lawyering is a young person's game.

Jury Returns $640,000 Verdict in High-Profile S&M Case

By Isaac Avilucea |

The estate of a disabled woman involved in a sadomasochistic relationship with a man she met online has been awarded nearly $640,000 by a jury following a lengthy trial. With offer of compromise interest added, the family of Caroline Kendall Kortner will receive more than $935,000.

Stephen Murphy

Ruling Limits Homeowner Liability for Clearing Snowy Sidewalks

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a trial judge's decision to toss out an injured Enfield woman's lawsuit against a neighbor whom the woman said was responsible for shoveling snow and ice on the public sidewalk near their home.

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Norm Pattis: No Need to Stew Over Heart Attack Scare

By Norm Pattis |

I was hoping to avoid the need to make this sordid confession, but Mark DuBois, former chief disciplinary counsel, now bar president and fellow Law Tribune columnist, makes it necessary. He referred the other day to my fear of having had a heart attack.

Conn. Electric Provider Faces $50 Million Class Action

By Jay Stapleton |

A Connecticut energy company faces a potential class action from consumers who are upset that their electric bills have gone up instead of down. The claim against Middlebury-based Starion Energy seeks $50 million.

Amaris Elliott-Engel

Opinion: Lawyers Should Join Fight for Access to Information

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

For the past year, my byline has appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune atop freelance news articles. But this time, I'm writing to discuss how the day job I've held for the last 14 months exemplifies how lawyers can use their law degrees without working for traditional legal practices.

New Hires Boost Ranks at Conn. U.S. Attorney's Office

By Isaac Avilucea |

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut has hired seven attorneys, including the newest arrival, U.S. Assistant Attorney Avi Perry, since lifting an employment freeze earlier this year. Avi, a former associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, started working in the office's financial fraud and public corruption unit on Nov. 17.

Two More Well-Known Former Judges Pass Away

By Paul Sussman |

Judge Joseph Steinberg was perhaps known mostly for his work outside the courtroom, serving as a moderator for a Connecticut Public Television program. Judge John Maiocco Jr., meanwhile, also had an interesting non-legal career, serving in Bridgeport city politics and in the legislature before presiding for more than 30 years over criminal and civil cases in a Bridgeport courthouse.

Court Orders License Suspension of Convicted Attorney

By Isaac Avilucea |

Seymour attorney Ralph Crozier, who was convicted in September on money-laundering charges, will have his law license suspended at the beginning of December, according to a court order issued on Nov. 13.

April Arrasate

Mother's Illness Transforms Lawyer Into Marijuana Business Executive

By Jay Stapleton |

For Simsbury lawyer April Arrasate, getting involved in the new medical marijuana industry in Connecticut was very personal.

Indignant Attorney Appeals 20-Day Suspension

By Isaac Avilucea |

New Haven defense attorney John Williams has appealed a decision to suspend his law license for 20 days.

A Gun Control Law That's Right on Target

What should happen when a person in possession of a firearm tells a family member or a counselor that he intends to shoot himself or someone else?

Bingham Lawyers Absorbed in Merger

By Jay Stapleton |

Nearly all of the attorneys in Bingham McCutchen's Hartford office will be absorbed by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius by the end of November, with more than 25 lawyers making the move to Morgan Lewis.

ADA Lawsuit Demands Audio Recordings From Courts

By Isaac Avilucea |

The state Judicial Branch might need some aspirin—in addition to help from the Attorney General's Office—to defend it from a lawsuit filed by an East Lyme man who is suing because he says he suffers from debilitating headaches.

Bruce Elstein

Conn. Medical Records Ruling Could Have Widespread Impact

By Jay Stapleton |

In a first-of-its-kind decision in the state, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that patients can bring negligence lawsuits against health care providers that violate federal privacy regulations.

Survey: Conn. Leads Nation in Providing Court Access

By Jay Stapleton |

When it comes to providing improved access to the courts for people with disabilities or who speak languages other than English, Connecticut is at the top of the list.

Editorial: A Welcome Decision Regarding Foreclosures

A decision released this past summer by the Connecticut Appellate Court, CitiMortgage v. Rey, No. AC 35539 (June 3, 2014), makes for a fairly dry read, but it's important and may materially alter the playing field between mortgage lenders and borrowers.

Plaintiff Who Endured Beating While Defending Women Awarded $300,000

By Isaac Avilucea |

A young man who claimed he was attacked by four men while walking along an usually quiet bike path near the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs recently was awarded more than $320,000 in damages.

Kevin Reynolds

Dozens of Attorneys Kept Close Watch Over Conn. Polling Places

By Jay Stapleton and Isaac Avilucea |

As the sun came up on Election Day and bleary-eyed voters began to make their way to polling locations throughout Connecticut, dozens of lawyers were waiting.

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Norm Pattis: Courts Should Hire 'People's Advocates' to Aid Pro Ses

By Norm Pattis |

I don't get out much, and when I do, I generally misbehave—a sign of congenital insecurity.

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Mark Dubois: Law Books Are Fighting a Losing Battle

By Mark Dubois |

I saw the other day that when New York firm Kaye Scholer recently moved to a new office it jettisoned 95 percent of its law library. The reason given was that most lawyers use electronic resources; the books took up valuable space, and were only occasionally used as a backdrop for Super Lawyer photos but for little else. Goodness, what a changed world!

The Passing of A Giant

We mourn the passing of one of Connecticut's greatest citizens and a giant of the bench and bar. Judge John T. Downey died Nov. 17 at the age of 84

TRACY ALAN SAXE and  CELIA B. KENIRY

BP Oil Spill Raises Drilling Insurance Issues

By Tracy Alan Saxe and Celia B. Keniry |

In September, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments from BP and Transocean Ltd. on two certified questions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. One of the questions concerns whether a narrow indemnity agreement in a drilling service contract, which excludes liability for underwater pollution, limits the broad language used in an additional insured provision in an insurance policy.

Lawyer's Writings Raise GOP Ire, Nearly Scuttle Judicial Nomination

By Christian Nolan and Paul Sussman |

After New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was confirmed as a Connecticut federal judge on Nov. 20, his supporters spoke of him in glowing terms.

James Sullivan

State Launches Another Attempt to Disbar Torrington Lawyer

By Isaac Avilucea |

State disciplinary officials are not waiting for a Superior Court judge to make a final decision on whether suspended Torrington attorney Ira Mayo should be disbarred for allegedly violating an agreement not to represent female clients.

Appellate Court OKs New DNA Tests on Old Evidence

By Paul Sussman and Christian Nolan |

In 1986, before the dawn of the DNA testing era in Connecticut, police took a saliva sample from a man suspected in a Wallingford murder. In 2009, the same sample was tested again, this time using modern DNA methods.

Feuding Former Partners Go to Court Over Firm Finances

By Jay Stapleton |

Although it's not unusual for disputes to arise when law firm partners part ways, the disintegration of a Stamford firm has been described as "particularly troublesome" by a Superior Court judge who granted a prejudgment remedy to one of the former partners.

New Haven's Bolden Confirmed as Federal Judge

By LAW TRIBUNE STAFF |

New Haven Corporation Counsel Victor Bolden was narrowly confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 20, for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court in Connecticut.

Jonathan Einhorn

Lawsuit Claims Restaurant Owner Threatened Worker with Knife

By Isaac Avilucea |

Some people dread going to work. But a cook employed by a Westbrook seafood chain says that dread has turned to "incapacitating fear" of his former boss after he says the owner of Off the Hook Bar and Grill threatened him with a knife on at least a half dozen occasions.

Threats Against Conn. Judges Lead to Indictment

By Isaac Avilucea |

A South Florida man charged in September with sending threatening letters to Connecticut officials and residents finally faced a federal judge this week in Hartford.

Paul Rubin

Attorney Finds Novel Way to Sue Nightclub

By Jay Stapleton |

When someone gets roughed up by a bouncer at a nightclub on a Friday night, the first thing that goes through their mind is probably not that they might have a claim under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Knife Fight Between Cousins Results In $100,000 Verdict

By Isaac Avilucea |

A spat between relatives at a gas station in Waterbury could have been deadly. Instead, it has become legal dead weight – Vern Campbell likely won't "collect a dime" of the $100,766 owed to him by his assailant and cousin, Thomas Pelkey.

Lawyer's Husband Indicted in Baby's Hot Car Death

By ISAAC AVILUCEA |

More than four months after Kyle Seitz mistakenly left his son in a hot car outside the parking lot of his work, he has been charged with a single misdemeanor count of negligent homicide.

BRIAN C. FREEMAN and ALEXANDER W. JUDD

EPA Proposal Raises Concerns About Electricity Supply

By Brian C. Freeman and Alexander W. Judd |

As winter approaches, residents in Connecticut and throughout New England remember the polar vortex of 2013, and face concerns over rising electric prices. One of the factors contributing to the price of electricity is the reliability of power plants, also known as electric generating units (EGUs).

Suspended High School Student Files Suit Over Sealed Arrest Report

By Associated Press |

The family of a Connecticut high school student is suing the Waterbury school district and several school officials in federal court saying it improperly used a sealed juvenile arrest report to suspend him from school in August and start expulsion proceedings.

Lee Hoffman

Courts, Agencies Bring Wind Generation to Conn.

By Lee D. Hoffman |

The last three years have been a revolutionary time for Connecticut's renewable energy landscape.

Conn. Firm Adds Three New Attorneys To Ranks

By Jay Stapleton |

Reid and Riege, which has offices in Hartford and New Haven, has added three attorneys to its staff of roughly 50 professionals. The new attorneys, all associates, will bolster the firm's business law, estate planning and litigation practice areas.

MATTHEW HALLISEY and MATTHEW RANELLI

State Energy Strategy Includes Boost for Natural Gas

By Matthew Hallisey and Matthew Ranelli |

In August, Gov. Dannell Malloy joined officials from the town of Wilton and representatives of Yankee Gas to announce the start of a natural gas expansion project in the town. The project, which will take place over several months, involves the installation of a 3.5-mile underground pipeline along existing roads to connect gas to Wilton's downtown business district, municipal buildings and several schools.

M. Anne Peters

State Energy Policy Affects Environmental Justice

By M. Anne Peters |

Last December marked the 20th anniversary of Connecticut's Environmental Justice Policy, the fifth year of Connecticut's Environmental Justice Program (collectively referred to as EJ) and the first year of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut (ES).

Jennifer M. Horn

Bridging the Gap Between Design and Construction

By Jennifer M. Horn |

The adoption of building information modeling, or BIM, on construction projects has increased substantially in recent years. BIM, a collaborative, three-dimensional building modeling platform, promises to bridge the gap between design and construction while conveying a distinct competitive advantage to those who use it well.

Father Pleads Not Guilty in Son's Hot Car Death

By Law Tribune and Staff Reports |

A Connecticut father charged with causing his 15-month-old son's death by leaving him in the car for hours on a hot July day has pleaded not guilty.

Guest Commentary: Political Correctness Runs Amok

By James B. Lyon |

According to Wikipedia, the term "political correctness" refers to enforced language, ideas or policies that address perceived discrimination against political, social or economic groups.

DOUGLAS M. POULIN and RORY M. FARRELL

Construction Dispute Leads to 'Active Interference' Ruling

By Douglas M. Poulin and Rory M. Farrell |

In C&H Electric v. Town of Bethel, 312 Conn. 843 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court held that proving "active interference" on the part of an owner so as to avoid the effect of a "no damage for delay" clause did not require a contractor to show that the owner had acted in bad faith.

DANIEL CLEARFIELD and  SARAH STONER

Persuade Clients That Its Good to Go Green

By Daniel Clearfield and Sarah Stoner |

Helping clients understand the potential for saving money by investing in alternative energy projects has the potential to get you on that "greatest lawyer" list—if you know where to look for the savings. Remember, alternative energy options are not just restricted to rooftop solar or a wind turbine.

Judge Strikes Down Worker's Whistleblower Complaint

By Christian Nolan |

A decision by a Superior Court judge may bring some clarity to the state's whistleblower statute.

Richard C. Robinson

A Key Decision on Delay-Causing Conduct

By Richard C. Robinson |

Contractor delay claims can spell disaster for project owners. Not only do they bust budgets, but they can threaten the owner's existence. Consequently, owners seek no-damages-for-delay (NDFD) clauses in their construction contracts to shift the risk of their own delay-causing conduct to the contractor.

MICHAEL J. DONNELLY and  PAUL R. MICHAUD

Contracts Critical for Successful Renewable Energy Projects

By Michael J. Donnelly and Paul R. Michaud |

In 2011, the Connecticut legislature passed a groundbreaking renewable provision that, among other things, created a $1 billion contract-based incentive program intended to create the development of renewable-energy-based energy generation such as solar, wind, small hydro and fuel cell projects in Connecticut.